Westminster’s Title IX program is comprehensive and seeks to stop, remedy, and prevent incidents of gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct. The Title IX Office in the Office of Equal Opportunity serves as the main point of contact for reporting and response to claims under the university’s Title IX policy.
If you are a victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within Westminster University's system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the director of Campus Patrol or a designee of Campus Patrol can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of the confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the university can keep an accurate record of the of the number of incidents involving students; determine where there is a pattern of crime with regards to a particular location, method, or assailant; and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.
Once Westminster becomes aware that an assault has occurred, an investigation will begin. If a hearing is held, both the accuser and the accused shall have the right to have others present during the disciplinary proceedings and both the accused and the accuser will be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought by alleging an assault. A finding that the allegations are justified may result in probation, suspension, or dismissal for the assailant. A complete description of disciplinary procedures can be found in the Policies and Procedures section of the student handbook.
Disciplinary Sanctions for Violations
Students violating Westminster University's substance and alcohol abuse policy will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct set forth in the student handbook. In addition to any of the sanctions set forth in this policy, Westminster University reserves the right to refer all matters in violation of its substance and alcohol policy to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. It is the responsibility of each individual to seek assistance before alcohol and drug problems lead to disciplinary action. A student's decision to seek assistance with an alcohol or substance abuse problem may be considered a mitigating factor in connection with any Westminster University disciplinary sanctions. Depending upon the nature or severity of the violation, a student may be required to be assessed/evaluated by the prevention program coordinator.